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The Certificate in Business Accounting is our entry level accounting qualification for students with little or no accounting background. It is a recognised qualification in its own right which is valued by employers.

Our Professional Qualification is regarded highly by employers around the world for its relevance to business.

CIMA also offers qualifications in Islamic finance and the Global Business Services Programme for global business services (GBS) and shared services (SS) professionals.

Certificate in Business Accounting

You can study and register for the five certificate exams at your own pace. On average, students take one year to complete this level.

Professional Qualification

On average, students complete the 12 professional qualification exams in four years. Most students attempt two or three exams at each sitting but they can be completed in three sittings.

The Practical Experience Requirements are an essential part of the CIMA qualification. They complement the exams and measure whether students have gained enough experience of applying management accounting skills and techniques and are competent to become a CIMA member.

You will need a minimum of three years’ relevant practical experience, some or all of which may have been gained before registering as a CIMA student.

CIMA students pay a one-time registration fee, an annual subscription fee, and a fee for each exam or exemption. Check our fees list for full information.

New students do not have to pay their first years subscription.

If it takes you three years to complete CIMA and you pass every exam on the first attempt, it will cost around £1,800 (at 2016 prices).

You also need to take into account the cost of study materials and any tuition classes you enrol in.

You can study with a tuition provider, on your own at home, or using a combination of methods anywhere in the world.

Take a look at our Study Shop to see all of the options available to you.

You can now schedule all Certificate in Business Accounting, Professional Qualification, Islamic Finance and Certificate in Global Business Services exams online and over the phone.

CIMA exams can be sat at over 5,000 Pearson VUE assessment centres in over 178 countries worldwide.


The CIMA Difference

Not all accounting qualifications are the same. View a comparison between the CIMA Professional Qualification and qualifications from other accounting bodies.

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The Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation is powered by AICPA (the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants) and CIMA, two of the world’s leading accounting organisations.

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Start studying the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting or the CIMA Professional Qualification. Registration is easy, and, if you sign up today for £77, you will get your 2016 subscription fee waived – a saving of £108!




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